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Championship: Leeds vs Derby preview

Kick off: Tuesday, 29 December @19:45 GMT

Venue: Elland Road (Leeds)

Head to head record

Derby vs Leeds 1-2 (2015/2016 Championship)
Derby vs Leeds 2-0 (2014/2015 Championship)
Leeds vs Derby 2-0 (2014/2015 Championship)
Leeds vs Derby 1-1 (2013/2014 Championship)
Derby vs Leeds 3-1 (2013/2014 Championship)

Leeds vs Derby prediction

Derby County will be looking to get their revenge on Leeds United for a 2-1 loss in the reverse fixture when the two sides face each other at Elland Road on Tuesday. The Rams have been in a thrilling form of late and it remains to be seen if they are capable of recording their fourth consecutive win in the Championship.

Whites escaping the danger zone

Steve Evans’ men head into Tuesday’s festive fixture in strong form. Leeds United have yet to suffer a loss in December and they are determined to extend their unbeaten run to six games. The Whites moved away from the danger zone and they are now on a quest to rejoin the race for a place in the Championship play-offs. Steve Evans’ team have recorded three wins in previous four home fixtures in the league and the fact that they outplayed Derby County at iPro Stadium earlier this season is giving the fans a reason for optimism ahead of Tuesday’s clash. Australian attacker Chris Wood has been struggling to find his goal-scoring touch of late, but he could prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Anyhow, the game against Derby is of big importance for the hosts, who have a chance to climb to the top half of the table.

Gaetano Berardi has yet to overcome his injury, but he is the only absentee in the home side. Fellow Italian Antenucci is pushing for a start after he came as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Forest.

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This is Derby!

Derby County experienced all sorts of problems in the second half of the 2014/2015 Championship campaign and, as a result, they failed to book their place in the play-offs. Steve McClaren is no longer in charge of the team and new boss Paul Clement is on a quest to bring glory days back to iPro Stadium. The Rams are leading the standings ahead of Matchday 24 and they are on a three-game winning run ahead of the trip to Leeds. Following back-to-back wins over Bristol City and Ipswich Town, Derby gave the fans festive cheer on Boxing Day as they recorded a 2-0 victory over Fulham. Paul Clement’s team have been one of the highest scoring sides in the Championship this season and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Tuesday’s game against Whites. Chris Martin is widely expected to lead the attack for the visitors against Leeds.

Coach Paul Clement has no fresh injury worries ahead of the Leeds United game, but he could mix the squad this time out. Andreas Weimann is likely to be recalled to the starting XI.

Quick Facts

  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in four of Leeds’ previous five home matches
  • The Whites suffered only one loss in last four meetings with Derby
  • Leeds are after their fourth home win of the season
  • Derby managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their previous three away games
  • The Rams conceded only two goals in last seven league matches

Leeds vs Derby betting tip

Both Leeds United and Derby County want to finish the year on a high. Both sides have been in a fine form and they are eager to put icing on the cake on Tuesday. As I have already mentioned, the Rams are determined to get their revenge on the Whites and given Derby’s impressive form, I would not be surprised if the visitors pick up all three points from the match. Taking everything into account, the visitors are likely to return home with three points in their pocket.

Tip: Away win

Odds: 2.00 (1/1) @10Bet

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